Some time back I said something during Morning Meeting that must have caught some folks by surprise. It may not have been exactly this, but it was something like this: “We are image bearers. We are made in the image of God. We bear His likeness. And so everything we do is either telling the truth or telling a lie about who God is.”
I believe that to be true. According to the first chapter of Genesis, mankind is made in the image of the triune God, and not just so we will look like God, but so we will act like God. We have been given God’s image so that we can be His stewards on the Earth. We are to care for all of creation, including one another, as God’s representatives.
Because we represent God, as His agents who have dominion over the Earth, all that we do we do on behalf of God. If we give a cup of cold water to a thirsty neighbor, we have done so on behalf of God and have told the truth about the character of God—we have done exactly as God would have done; we have been good stewards. If we withhold a cup of cold water from a thirsty neighbor, we have done so in spite of God and have lied about the character of God—we have not done as God would have done; we have been bad stewards.
As parents and teachers and students in community with each other at Trinitas, the way we treat each other tells either the truth or a lie about who God is. If we are kind to each other, prefer each other, and seek ways to encourage and edify each other, we are being like God; we are telling the truth about Who God is and what He is like. If we are rude to each other, take advantage of each other, or look for ways to discourage or tear each other down (as much of the world seems to do), we are not being like God; we are telling a lie about Who God is and what He is like.
As image bearers, we have a great responsibility to live in a way that tells the truth about who God is and what He does. Twice in 1 Corinthians Paul exhorts the Christians in Corinth to imitate him because he imitates Christ. And certainly Christ is our model for being a good image bearer. If we follow Christ, we bear the image of God well; we tell the truth about who God is.